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The Octave Mandolin Chord Bible, with its 2,160 chords offers a complete solution for both beginner and experienced professional musician alike. The layout is uncomplicated and follows a logical musical progression from standard major chords up to the more esoteric thirteenths used by many jazz players. To accompany the 2,160 chords, a further 576 possible moveable chord configurations are included, together with a useful range of slash chords, reflecting the popularity of this type of chord in many of today's artist and compilation topline songbooks.

This highly comprehensive guide provides the musician with no fewer than 68 different types of chord in all twelve keys, making it the definitive publication for the octave mandolin. Whether you play folk, rock, pop, jazz or any other type of popular music, The Octave Mandolin Chord Bible makes the ideal reference source for all occasions.

Standard Chords covered in The Octave Mandolin Chord Bible (using the key of C as an example): C, Cm, C7, Cm7, C5, C6, Cm6, Cmaj7, Cdim, Cdim7, C-5, C+, Csus2, Csus4, C7sus4, Cm7-5, Cadd9, Cmadd9, C6add9, Cm6add9, C7-5, C7+5, C7-9, C7+9, Cm(maj7), Cmaj7-5, Cmaj7+5, C9, Cm9, Cmaj9, C11, C13.

Advanced Chords covered in The Octave Mandolin Chord Bible (using the key of C as an example): C4, Cadd11, Csus4add9, Cm-6, C7sus2, C7-5-9, C7-5+9, C7+5-9, C7+5+9, C7add11, C7add13, C7+11, Cm7-5-9, Cm7-9, Cm7add11, Cmaj7+11, C9sus4, C9-5, C9+5, C9+11, Cm9-5, Cm(maj9), Cmaj9-5, Cmaj9+5, Cmaj9+11, Cmaj9add6, C11-9, Cm11, Cmaj11, C13sus4, C13-5-9, C13-9, C13+9, C13+11, Cm13, Cmaj13.

Major Slash Chords covered in The Octave Mandolin Chord Bible (using the key of C as an example): C/C, C/Db, C/D, C/Eb, C/E, C/F, C/F#, C/G, C/Ab, C/A, C/Bb, C/B.

Beside the many pages of chord boxes or windows, the book features useful sections on tuning, chord construction, fingerboard layout, FAQs, alternative chord naming, fingering, slash chords, harmonic intervals, chord window blanks for transcribing your own favorite chord sequences etc.

Review of features:

  • 2,160 Chords featuring all 12 keys
  • 144 Major slash chords in all keys
  • 576 possible moveable chord positions
  • Standard GDAE tuning
  • Chord theory, FAQs and tuning guides
  • Fingerboard diagrams
  • Instrument factfile
  • Alternative chord naming chart

The aim of this guide is to provide the musician with the flexibility only really offered to guitar and keyboard players in the past. Now, with the help of The Octave Mandolin Chord Bible, musicians will be able to pick up any songbook and instantly have access to even the most complex and advanced chords.

In Europe and other parts of the world, the octave mandolin is referred to as the 'octave mandola'.

FF06US The Octave Mandolin Chord Bible

SKU: 978-1906207-27-4
  • 'This is a nicely comprehensive book of chords for the octave mandolin. The fretting and fingerings are clearly indicated. There is even an extra bonus of the chord constituents' (root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, etc.) being indicated below the fretboards. This is particularly handy if you need to make a quick adjustment to a chord for whatever reason. The primary drawback of the book is the selection of "slash" chords as are only major chords and on the fretboards the G string is tuned to C for some reason. Except for this section (pp. 84-87), the book will come in handy for anyone wanting to play complex chords or just freshly voiced chords on the octave mandolin.'

    (Scott USA)
    (Publisher's note: as Scott points out there was an error in the slash chord section, which hassubsequently been corrected in the latest edition).


    'This book in the series is for the Octave Mandolin (aka Octave Mandola in Europe) in GDAE tuning. It is suitable for players of any level, beginner to advanced. One might ask why not just use a mandolin chord book as the tuning is the same albeit an octave higher? Answer: because the octave instrument has a longer neck some chord voicings which would be achievable on the smaller instrument would be very difficult if not impossible on the larger one. Some will question the need of such a book when there are various examples of chords available on the internet. Well by the time you have searched, assessed, downloaded and printed what you want on numerous occasions, you've wasted a lot of time and effort, ink, paper and electricity. This book is your foundation. It will be there whenever you need it and can be added to through your own discoveries.'
    (Swampy, UK)

    'If you have an octave mandolin, this book is a must-have. Nothing else like it on the market.'
     (Anonymous, USA)

    'Very clear layout.'

    (Dirk - Amazon, UK )


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    'Wonderful Chord Book, Fast Shipping, Great Value, Highly Recommend.'

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    'Fantastic chord book, great packing, fast shipment, WILL purchase from again!!!!'

    (Stephen T. USA)


    'Item arrived by mail OK and is a great chord dictionary. I find it helpful.'
    (Robert W. Australia)


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    'Excellent, fast will buy again.'

    (Peter C. UK)


    'Good quality book, like the note below each chord box, 1st, 3rd 5th etc.'
    (Conor O. UK)


    'Thanks. I haven't used it yet - but it looks fantastic! Good prompt delivery 2!'

    (Sarah P. UK)


    'Very comprehensive. I can see I'll be using this for many years to come.'
    (James P. USA)


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